Be Kind to Yourself

Be Kind To Yourself

You may have started to notice a theme here at The Root of It All™; we are big on taking care of oneself. Whichever day you deem dedicated to YOU, the message remains the same. Taking care of yourself and doing what makes you happy is what we here at The Root of It All™ are passionate about.

Self-care comes in many forms and is going to mean different things for everyone, but it is so important to carve out that time to be your best self! We all have long days, and sometimes those days turn into longer weeks. How we deal with life’s ups and downs is going to be unique to each of us. The Root of It All™ is on a quest to help others discover a life rooted in wellness no matter what life throws at you and we do so by creating products formulated for everyday conditions. Whether you’re feeling stressed, run down, or those nagging joints and muscles are giving you trouble, The Root of It All™ is here for you.

Look we get it; everyday life comes with stress and sometimes those stresses can pile up and feel like a burden. That’s where our new product EASE for stress relief comes in handy (only available in California). EASE utilizes a 10:1 ratio of CBD to THC to help you quiet the noise. This essential oil blend is formulated with a powerful Ayurvedic blend of lemongrass, bergamot, and ylang ylang. These ingredients are all known to calm restlessness, promote comfort and a quiet mind. So, if you are looking to release your worries, leave you stress behind and escape to a state of tranquility with EASE.

Sometimes all you need is a mountain, snow, and something to shred with to get back to your natural self. Whether you’re skiing, boarding, hiking or just being active, making time to enjoy what you love doing most is a priority we can all agree on. Self-care can come in many forms, however, at times an active type of self-care can leave your body sore and aching. Look no further than REWIND for restoration, our essential ointment designed to ensure fast, localized relief every time. REWIND boasts a soothing Ayurvedic blend of turmeric, black pepper, and cloves. We selected each of these ingredients for their restorative and relieving properties. So, when those lingering pains pop back up, reach for the natural option and restore your body with REWIND.

No matter what self-care means to you, no matter how you go about it, we can all agree that making some ME time is important to our well-being. So, whether it’s going to a yoga class, jamming out on your guitar, carving up the slopes, or just binging a new show, The Root of It All™ is here to help take you through every pace of your day. And as always, don’t forget that we’re social! Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! Tag us in a post and use #ForMe to let us know how you’re working on self care!

Life Moves Fast – Stay Calm in the Chaos

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Today life moves fast. We have crazy schedules from juggling the kids to practice to moving in and out of meetings all day to barely making it to that yoga class! The pace at which we are moving can sometimes seem chaotic leaving even the most talented multi-taskers a little disheveled from time to time. With technology advances, people glued to their phones at all times, and “constant checking” syndrome driving us to the edge it’s time to ask ourselves; is our “always on 24-hour lifestyle” wrecking even more havoc on our health than we realize? How can you find your calm in the chaos? The answer is simple: SLOW DOWN.

  • About 8 in 10 Americans say they frequently (44%) or sometimes (35%) encounter stress in their daily lives.
  • Just 17% say they rarely feel stressed, while 4% say they never do.
    (Source: Gallup Poll – “Well-Being,” December 20, 2017)

We all know stress can wreak havoc on one’s physical and mental health; Yale researchers found that stress affects physiological functions in the brain, contributing to chronic diseases like hypertension and diabetes. Ouch!

And according to The American Institute of Stress – there are a few different levels of stress we will experience throughout our lifetime. See a few you are coping with right now? Yeah, us too.

Levels of Stress, according to The American Institute of Stress

Acute Stress
Fight or flight. The body prepares to defend itself.  It takes about 90 minutes for the metabolism to return to normal when the response is over.

Chronic Stress
The cost of daily living: bills, kids, jobs…This is the stress we tend to ignore or push down.  Left uncontrolled this stress affects your health- your body and your immune system.

Eustress
Stress in daily life that has positive connotations such as:

  • Marriage
  • Promotion
  • Baby
  • Winning Money
  • New Friends
  • Graduation

Distress
Stress in daily life that has negative connotations such as:

  • Divorce
  • Punishment
  • Injury
  • Negative feelings
  • Financial Problems
  • Work Difficulties

brainHere’s the thing – being in a constant state of ongoing stress is harmful. According to one Yale Study, prolonged stress causes degeneration in the area of the brain responsible for self-control. The Yale research shows that stress actually makes it more challenging to deal with futurestress. But don’t get discouraged just yet! It’s not impossible to reduce your stress levels; you just need to make it a higher priority if you want to reverse this effect. The sooner you begin to manage your stress better and slow down, the easier it will be to keep unexpected stress from causing damage in the future.

The good news? The plasticity of the brain allows it to mold and change as you practice new behaviors. So implementing healthy stress-relieving techniques can literally retrain your brain to handle stress more effectively and decrease the likelihood of ill effects. Now we are talking!

So don’t sweat it! Finding your calm is easier than you think…. Here’s a few ways you can begin to slow down and find your calm in the chaos…

#1 Time Management

Managing your time is a big one! Time is both personal and finite. It is personal in that the best statement of who you are is the way you spend your time. Your use of time reflects your needs, goals, and personality as does no other single thing. Time is finite in that each person has only 24 hours in a day, 168 hours a week, and 8,760 hours a year. According to stress.org – we sometimes create our own stress because of habits and traits that can have harmful effects that can be reduced using cognitive restructuring techniques such as behavioral modification, assertiveness training, time management and stress inoculation. So how you spend your time and manage it is key to reducing your stress, finding your calm, and slowing down. Learn to manage your time more effectively. Your schedule just too crazy? Check out Elon Musk’s ‘time blocking’ method to see how he manages time effectively even when his schedule is hectic.

#2 Boundaries

Learn to say NO as much as you say YES. This allows you to exert control over your own life, and stop the feelings of overwhelmness in the chaotic world around you. Boundaries make happy and less stressed people because others are less likely to cross those boundaries. When someone understands what is o.k. and not o.k. with you, he or she must ask for permission to gain access to come closer to you. So once you’ve decided where to set your boundary, working on boundary-setting strategies and assertive communication techniques can bring some nice results in your life that include a reduction in stress as well as finding your calm by slowing things down.

#3 Practice Gratitude 

Be thankful and start with the little things first. The wellness lifestyle & practicing mindfulness is a great example of this type of philosophy which helps reduce stress. Mindfulness is a simple, research-supported form of meditation that is an effective way to gain control of unruly thoughts and behaviors. People who practice mindfulness regularly are more focused, even when they are not meditating. It is an excellent technique to help reduce stress because it allows you to reduce the feeling of being out of control. Essentially, mindfulness helps you stop jumping from one thought to the next, which keeps you from ruminating on negative thoughts. Hence – more time to practice gratitude and being thankful for the little things. That’s where good behaviors start, one step at time, one positive thought at a time. Learn more with the Top 15 Must-Read Mindfulness Books Of All Time.

#4 Put Health at the Helm of Your Life with a Health Diet!

Often times what we eat (or don’t) can make our lives even more stressful. Did you know that digestive problems may occur with prolonged stress? Stress can make your digestive system go haywire, causing diarrhea, stomach upset, and excessive urination. That’s why often times dietitians suggest changing your diet and focusing on physical exercise to relieve tension and feelings of overwhelmness. Diet is such an important component of mental health as well that it has inspired an entire field of medicine called nutritional psychiatry. Mind-body medicine specialist Eva Selhub, MD has written a superb summary of what nutritional psychiatry is and what it means for you on one of Harvard’s blogs – definitely worth a read. What it boils down to is that what we eat matters for every aspect of our health, but especially our mental health, reducing stress, and finding your calm.

SLOW for calming yoga pose#5 Try a Yoga Class! (we love this one!)

Yoga improves flexibility, builds strength,increases muscle tone and definition, improves balance, supports joint health, prevents back pain, teaches better breathing, and increases self confidence. Turns out not only will you get your body shaped and toned and FEEL BETTER, but Yoga also has other benefits. According to Very Well Fit here are are two unexpected benefits of picking up that Yoga Class…

  • Fosters Mental Calmness
    Yoga asana practice is intensely physical. Concentrating so intently on what your body is doing has the effect of bringing a calmness to your mind. Yoga also introduces you to meditation techniques, such as how to focus on your breath and disengage from your thoughts. These skills can prove to be very valuable in intense situations off the mat, like childbirth, a bout of insomnia, or when having an anxiety attack.
  • Reduces Stress Physical activity is good for relieving stress, and this is particularly true of yoga. Because of the concentration required, your daily troubles, both large and small, seem to melt away during the time you are on the mat. This provides a much-needed break from your stressors, as well as helping to put your problems into perspective.The emphasis yoga places on being in the present moment can also help as you learn not to dwell on past events or anticipate the future. You will leave a yoga class feeling less stressed than when you started.

#6 Need a little help calming down? Try Natural Remedies!

If you need to “come down” after a hectic day forget that glass of wine, and instead reach for some Ayurvedic tea or herbs and spices. Botanic remedies have been providing relief to individuals for thousands of years. While the Western world’s pharmaceutical industry has focused on isolating, synthesizing, and patenting specific chemicals and molecular compounds, the world of alternative remedies employs natural treatments stemming from the plant kingdom.

What Is Ayurvedic? (A•yur•ve•dic)

Ayurveda means the ‘science of life’. It is a 5,000-year-old Indian philosophy of holistic wellness addressing a wide variety of everyday conditions, including (but not limited to) stress, restlessness, lack of energy, and sleeplessness.

 

All-natural, and rooted in holistic wellness, Ayurveda treatments for stress relief include; dinacharya, a daily routine for a disciplined and healthy life; panchakarma or detoxification therapies such as virechana (purgation using herbs), vasti (medicated enemas), and nasyam (nasal administration of oils); yoga; dietary practices to balance your doshas; rejuvenating and adaptogenic herbs such as brahmi and ashwagandha etc; and adherence to moral practices. Learn more at FoodRevolution.org

What’s it all mean? 

When life is moving fast – breathe, stay calm in the chaos. The the key to stress and time management is the ability to stop “doing” all the time and start “being” some of the time.” Basically, find your calm by slowing down and taking the world on at your pace. Stay healthy and prevent serious conditions from happening tomorrow, by practicing a healthy and happy life today.

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3 Ways to Address Chronic Pain, the Natural Way!

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This week we are celebrating Men’s Health Week – and that means discussing how you can live your best life with your health at the helm. The Root of It All™ is going to be sharing 3 ways you can address Chronic Pain and Inflammation. Why?

How many men do you know in your life that suffer from back pain or chronic back pain and inflammation? We are guessing a lot. Turns out many medical researchers are starting to study chronic pain and inflammation as well – and they are beginning to recognize chronic inflammation as the underlying reason we may develop deadly conditions like heart disease, cancer, stroke, and even complications from diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Yes, Tom Brady may very well be on to something after all with his strict diet that bans foods known to cause “inflammation”. Mushrooms you stay away!

So What is Chronic Inflammation?

Chronic inflammation is a deep-rooted, systemic problem that attacks at some of the most vital inner-workings of your system.

The National Cancer Institute defines chronic inflammation as the inflammatory process that may begin even if there is no injury, and it does not end when it should. Why the inflammation continues is not always known. Chronic inflammation may be caused by infections that don’t go away, abnormal immune reactions to normal tissues, or conditions such as obesity.

Basically, your body’s defensive mechanisms go rogue and start attacking everything in the body, good and bad. And this is dangerous because when it comes to Chronic inflammation you can’t really see or feel it happening. It is the silent killer, spurring a number of serious diseases.

Chronic inflammation is most likely to attack your heart, brain, joints, belly, and immune system—the five processes that do the most to keep you alive and healthy. Over time, chronic inflammation can cause DNA damage and can even lead to cancer. With 15% of the US workforce currently grappling with long-term pain, per a CDC Study, chronic pain and inflammation is a series matter affecting working adults today – both men & women!

Seek Professional Medical Assistance FIRST

First and foremost – if you are in serious chronic pain that is debilitating your way of life, it’s best to visit your local doctor as quickly as possible and seek professional medical assistance.

Are there any other natural ways to address chronic pain & inflammation?

While the western world’s pharmaceutical industry has focused on isolating, synthesizing and patenting specific chemicals and molecular compounds, we have watched an Opioid Crisis climax to epic levels never seen before in the United States leading many to believe typical pain relievers and drugs may not be the best solution to everyday conditions like chronic pain and inflammation. Is there a better way? A more natural way? Yes, the good news is there is!

Step 1: Prioritize Prevention Now!

Have you visited a doctor? Good! Are you still struggling from everyday chronic pain and inflammation? You can start taking charge of your health today by making better lifestyle choices!

Matthew Ruscigno, M.P.H., RD, a plant-based dietitian who specializes in sports nutrition and co-author of “No Meat Athlete,” agrees. He explains, “The big health risks among men are cardiovascular diseases like heart disease, Type-2 diabetes, stroke and others like cancer and Alzheimer’s. Much of the risk for these is related to lifestyle; mainly smoking, diet and exercise, yet we don’t prioritize prevention.”

Here’s a few things you can do today according to the Mayo Clinic to prevent chronic pain and inflammation;

  • Don’t smoke. If you smoke or use other tobacco products, ask your doctor to help you quit. Avoid exposure to secondhand smoke, air pollution and chemicals, such as those in the workplace.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Choose vegetables, fruits, whole grains, high-fiber foods and lean sources of protein, such as fish. Limit foods high in saturated fat and sodium.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Losing excess pounds — and keeping them off — can lower your risk of heart disease as well as various types of cancer.
  • Get moving. Exercise can help you control your weight, lower your risk of heart disease and stroke and possibly lower your risk of certain types of cancer? Choose activities you enjoy, such as tennis, basketball or brisk walking. All physical activity benefits your health.
  • Limit alcohol. If you choose to drink alcohol, do so only in moderation. That means up to two drinks a day for men age 65 and younger and one drink a day for men older than age 65. Examples of one drink include 12 fluid ounces (355 milliliters) of beer, 5 fluid ounces (148 milliliters) of wine or 1.5 fluid ounces (44 milliliters) of standard 80-proof liquor. The risk of various types of cancer, such as liver cancer, appears to increase with the amount of alcohol you drink and the length of time you’ve been drinking regularly. Too much alcohol can also raise your blood pressure.
  • Manage stress. If you feel constantly on edge or under pressure, your lifestyle habits may suffer — and so might your immune system. Take steps to reduce stress — or learn to deal with stress in healthy ways.

 

Step 2: Use Natural Herbs & Spices

TROIA HeroGFX Option 1If you are suffering from everyday chronic pain like aches & pains in joints, you may want to try more anti-inflammatory natural herbs & spices in your food. That said, Research into exactly how well these foods reduce inflammation in the body is mixed, but it is promising! One easy way to incorporate anti-inflammatories into your diet is through the use of spices. Here’s some that are known for their anti-inflammatory properties;

  1. Turmeric
  2. Ginger
  3. Cinnamon
  4. Garlic
  5. Cayenne
  6. Black Pepper
  7. Clove

Step 3: Explore Ayurveda & Botanical Remedies!

Did you know that botanic remedies have been providing relief to mankind for thousands of years? That’s why we, in the world of alternative therapies, employ natural treatments stemming from the plant kingdom. After all, your body asks and nature answers. One of the most popular plant-based practices for centuries is Ayurveda! “Ayurveda” means the ‘science of life’. A 5000 year old Indian philosophy of holistic wellness, addressing a wide variety of everyday conditions including (but not limited to) stress, anxiety, lack of energy and sleeplessness.

According to WebMD, “Ayurvedic medicine (“Ayurveda” for short) is one of the world’s oldest holistic (“whole-body”) healing systems. It’s based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. Its main goal is to promote good health, not fight disease. But treatments may be geared toward specific health problems.

In the United States, it’s considered a form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). The Ayurvedic approach to pain management is always a holistic one. Ayurveda uses an integrated approach, and looks beyond the outward pain to discover the underlying source. Very often, chronic pain is caused by an inflammatory response within the body. Ayurvedic herbal treatments are effective for healing and controlling excess inflammation. For long-term results however, such treatments are usually part of an integrative approach combining diet and nutritional changes, detoxification, and therapeutic exercise in tandem with Ayurveda herbs & spices and practice.

So – what’s it all mean? 

There are many natural & preventive ways you can target everyday conditions like chronic pain and inflammation – hopefully some of these sparked some ideas for you during our highlight for Men’s Health Week! Stay healthy and prevent serious conditions from happening tomorrow, by practicing a healthy and happy life today!

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